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Further Tests

Why have I been invited back?

A Breast Screening RoomYou have been invited back for further tests because your breast x-rays did not give us enough information and more detail is needed before we can decide on a result.

If the radiologist interpreting the screening mammogram images sees something that is questionable, unclear or abnormal on the images, they ask the patient to come back for further assessment. This additional appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found.
Can I speak to someone for more information before I come?

If you would like specific information about the reason you have been invited back you may find it helpful to speak to one of our breast care nurses. The breast care nurse will have access to your records and will be able to give more personal information. Please feel free to contact us

How many women are invited back?

About 5 out of every 100 women who have screening will be invited back for this additional assessment. 4 out of 5 of these women will be found to have a normal result.

What will happen at the clinic?

On arrival most women will meet a breast care nurse who will explain what is to happen during the clinic.

You may have some or all of the following tests:

  • Breast examination: the doctor / practitioner will talk to you about your mammograms, will ask you some questions about your general health and will then examine your breasts
  • Mammograms: most women will have further mammograms in order to show a particular part of the breast in greater detail
  • Breast ultrasound: ultrasound will be necessary for most women. An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to provide a picture of the breast tissue. It is harmless and pain free and does not involve any x-ray
  • Breast needle biopsy: it may be necessary for some women to have a small tissue sample taken from the breast. Local anaesthetic is always used to numb the area first.

When will I get the results?

Before you leave the clinic the breast care nurse will talk to you about your results. In most cases, the doctor will tell you the results of the tests on the same visit. If a needle sample is taken, you will be given an appointment for you to receive your results usually the week after.

How long will I be at the clinic?

Your appointment may take between 1 to 2 hours. As you are likely to be in the clinic for some time, you may wish to bring a friend or relative to sit with you while you wait.

We appreciate that it may be worrying to be invited for a further appointment but please remember that the majority of women (4 out of every 5) that come back to this assessment clinic are found to have a normal result.   

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